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Jack Huston to play Ben-Hur lead in remake

16 September 2014 8:10 PM, PDT

Boardwalk Empire star Jack Huston has been added to the Ben-Hur remake.

The Wrap reports that the actor will play the titular character in Timur Bekmambetov's remake of the 1959 biblical movie.

The Paramount and MGM production has already recruited Morgan Freeman for the role of Ildarin, the man who oversees the slave Judah Ben-Hur's transformation to champion chariot racer.

Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ forms the basis for the film, centring on Judah Ben-Hur, a prince in Jerusalem who is betrayed and sold into slavery.

The story of his redemption runs parallel to the life and crucifixion of Jesus, who is active in the region at the same time.

Charlton Heston played the lead role in the original 1959 film.

Ben-Hur is scheduled for release on February 26, 2016. »


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A Walk Among the Tombstones review: A towering Liam Neeson performance

16 September 2014 4:01 PM, PDT

Director: Scott Frank; Screenwriter: Scott Frank; Starring: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Ruth Wilson, Boyd Holbrook; Running time: 114 mins; Certificate: 15

A man walks into a bar... behind him follow gun-toting thugs, sparking a shootout that spills into the street. It's a grand entrance for Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, the creation of novelist Lawrence Block, who leaves the NYPD and quits the booze after going 'Wild West' in the city. Sure, the film is littered with clichés, but a towering performance from Neeson and some delicate artistry from writer-turned-director Scott Frank (screenwriter of Out of Sight and Minority Report) lifts it above bog standard.

Even the opening credits are well-considered, with Neeson framed from below as he descends a flight of steps to finish off one of the gunmen. It's a subtle echo of the cop movies that were playing in the '70s when Block first put pen to paper on the long-running Scudder series, »


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Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik attacks Frozen over 'feminist plot'

16 September 2014 3:31 PM, PDT

Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik has blasted Disney's Frozen, suggesting that it has a feminist plot and perfect-looking characters.

The actress, who plays Amy in the hit sitcom, wrote a blog post for Kveller.com titled 'Why My Sons and I Hate the Movie Frozen'. She started by joking she's about to "lose more fans" than when she described herself as a "proud liberal Zionist during Operation Protective Edge".

Bialik explained that she isn't a fan of musicals "really at all", but it's the "plot and feminism" of Frozen that upsets her.

"Sure, it's sort of hidden, but the search for a man/love/Prince is still the reigning plot line in the movie, as it is with pretty much all movies for young people which are animated," she wrote.

"The sister's desire to marry this guy she just met, and the other sister getting mad at her - »


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Into the Woods: This Meryl Streep poster will give you the creeps

16 September 2014 2:30 PM, PDT

Meryl Streep appears as a scary evil witch on the new poster for Disney's upcoming musical adaptation Into the Woods.

The movie, which combines the story of a childless couple with the Grimm fairy tales, also stars Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as her prince, Johnny Depp as the Wolf, and James Corden and Emily Blunt as the cursed Baker and his wife.

Into the Woods is adapted from Stephen Sondheim's hit stage musical of the same name and is directed by Rob Marshall.

Sondheim recently caused controversy when he claimed that Disney had censored any adult content from the adaptation, although he later clarified that he thinks the movie version is "first rate".

Into the Woods opens on December 25 in the Us and on January 9, 2015 in the UK.

Watch the trailer below: »


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Ghostbusters get their very own Krispy Kreme doughnuts

16 September 2014 1:52 PM, PDT

The Ghostbusters are finally returning - only this time, you can eat them.

Krispy Kreme has joined forces with Sony Pictures Consumer Products to release Ghostbusters doughnuts, to mark the 30th anniversary of the legendary movie series.

There are two marshmallow doughnuts available, inspired by the supernatural comedy's sweetest villains.

The Ghostbusters and Stay Puft Marshmallow Doughnuts will be available September 29 through October 31 at Us and Canadian Krispy Kreme locations only.

This is a damn shame for those outside the Us and Canada. But hey, who you gonna call? »

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John Travolta defends Battlefield Earth: 'Why would I ever regret that?'

16 September 2014 1:11 PM, PDT

John Travolta has defended his 2000 movie Battlefield Earth, despite its critical legacy as one of the worst movies of all time.

The long-time Scientologist produced and starred in the sci-fi movie, based on the first half of the 1982 novel of the same name by Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard.

Travolta helped fund the project with millions of dollars of his own money, and the film was a critical and commercial failure. It won nine Golden Raspberry Awards - a record until 2012.

When asked by The Daily Beast if the film was a career regret, Travolta replied: "No way, are you kidding? Why would I ever regret that?

"I had the power to do whatever I wanted, and I chose to do a book that I thought was worthy of making into a movie. It's a beautiful film. It's a good movie.

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Cara Delevingne to star in new John Green adaptation Paper Towns

16 September 2014 12:18 PM, PDT

Cara Delevingne has been cast in the forthcoming John Green adaptation Paper Towns.

She will play Margo in the second best-selling Green novel to be turned into a movie, following The Fault in Our Stars.

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Nat Wolff will star alongside Delevingne as Quentin, a young man who is asked by his neighbour - and former crush - Margo to help her get revenge on people who have hurt her.

After she vanishes the next day, clues begin appearing, and he follows them in the hope of finding her.

Green was full of praise for Delevingne on Twitter, saying that she "blew everyone away".

Cara Delevigne's audition blew everyone away (including me!) and she understands Margo profoundly. I am so excited!

John Green (@realjohngreen) September 16, 2014

The movie's director Jake Schreier added that the »


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Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes welcome baby girl

16 September 2014 11:41 AM, PDT

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes have reportedly welcomed a baby girl.

The Place Beyond the Pines actress gave birth on Friday, September 12, according to multiple news outlets.

It is the first child for both of the stars, who are believed to have begun dating back in September 2011.

In February this year, Mendes denied reports that she was pregnant, saying: "It's so ridiculous. It all started because I didn't want to go through those X-ray scanners at the airport, which are really creepy.

"They basically see you naked, right. And not only that, but there's a radiation aspect to it. So I always opt out. I always ask for a personal pat down."

The pair recently collaborated on Lost River, with Gosling making his directorial debut and Mendes part of the cast.

Watch a trailer for Lost River below: »


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Go Back to the Future with Marty McFly's light-up trainers

16 September 2014 10:40 AM, PDT

While we eagerly wait for Nike's self-lacing shoes, Back to the Future fans will have to make do with these awesome new light-up trainers.

Popularised by Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II, these brand new sneakers are officially licensed by Universal Studios and on sale on the Halloween Costumes website.

With more stock expected on September 30, movie fans can purchase a piece of history (or at least they will be next year) for $98.99 (£60).

The stylish sneakers feature a velcro strap, multi-coloured lights and a Usb cable for recharging.

Earlier this year, Nike's Tinker Hatfield said that power laces similar to those seen in the Back to the Future sequel will soon become a reality.

The company previously auctioned off 1,500 pairs of similar trainers (minus the autolacing) for the Michael J Fox Foundation.

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Tom Hiddleston to star in King Kong movie Skull Island

16 September 2014 10:16 AM, PDT

Tom Hiddleston will have a starring role in King Kong movie Skull Island.

According to The Wrap, the Loki actor will appear in Legendary's recently announced film.

It will reportedly be helmed by Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and written by Max Borenstein.

King Kong prequel Skull Island was announced during this year's Comic-Con event in San Diego.

The film is pencilled in for a November 15, 2016 release date.

The first King Kong movie was released in 1933 and brought its monster to life using stop-motion animation. A high-profile remake, starring Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange, was released in 1976, with a Linda Hamilton-led sequel following in 1986.

The most recent incarnation was Peter Jackson's 2005 remake, featuring Andy Serkis as Kong in a CG performance capture turn. »


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Steve Rude documentary comes to DVD, VOD

16 September 2014 9:50 AM, PDT

Ian Fischer's Steve Rude documentary will be released in October.

Rude Dude will be available on DVD and VOD on October 7.

The film has been screened at various conventions over 2014.

Rude Dude documents the creator's career and his move into fine arts, as well as his struggles with mental illness.

The 91-minute documentary includes interviews with Mike Baron, Paul Gulacy, Mike Richardson, Alex Ross and Mike Allred.

The DVD release includes two commentary tracks - one from Fischer and composer Ross Williams, the other from Rude's Nexus co-creator Baron. »


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Kevin Smith horror comedy Tusk releases two new clips

16 September 2014 9:32 AM, PDT

Kevin Smith's Tusk has released two new clips.

Justin Long, Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment feature in the videos from the horror comedy. (Warning: The clips below contain strong language.)

The film stars Long as a radio presenter with a love of interviewing strange and interesting people.

He is lured to Canada to meet the reclusive adventurer Howard Howe (Michael Parks), only to find himself the victim of the walrus-obsessed man's crazed experiments.

His girlfriend (Rodriguez) and colleague (Osment) team up with ex-cop Guy Lapointe (Johnny Depp) to solve the mystery of his disappearance.

The idea behind the film came from a joke on Smith's own podcast. He subsequently asked Twitter followers to vote on whether or not the film should be made.

Read our Tusk review - "sheer madness and enthusiasm"

Tusk will be released September 19 in the Us. A UK release date is yet to be announced. »


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The Boxtrolls knocks Sex Tape off UK box office top spot

16 September 2014 7:09 AM, PDT

The Boxtrolls has claimed the top spot in the UK box office chart.

The eccentric animation, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Richard Ayoade, knocks Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel's Sex Tape off the top after one week, earning £2m in its opening weekend.

Scarlett Johansson's Lucy remains at two with takings of £812,000, while Matthew Warchus' Pride is new in at three with over £718,000.

Sex Tape slips down to four with £673,000, while Phillip Seymour Hoffman's A Most Wanted Man enters at five with £610,000.

The UK box office top ten in full:

1. (-) The Boxtrolls - £2,000,597

2. (2) Lucy - £812,073

3. (-) Pride - £718,778

4. (1) Sex Tape - £673,478

5. (-) A Most Wanted Man - £610,312

6. (3) Before I Go To Sleep - £537,991

7. (5) Guardians Of The Galaxy - £614,564

8. (6) Let's Be Cops - £477,576

9. (4) The Hundred-Foot Journey - £437,650

10. (7) The Inbetweeners 2 - £332,564 »


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Godzilla: Gareth Edwards on making the Halo jump sequence

16 September 2014 7:08 AM, PDT

Gareth Edwards's Godzilla packed in some of the most memorable spectacle sequences in a blockbuster this year - from the nail-biting bridge crossing to the Halo jump, there was plenty to admire about this monster reboot.

The latter scene - a High Altitude Low Opening leap by the military to face the eponymous monster - was constructed using advanced pre-visualised animatics, real-life skydiving photography and CGI.

Director Edwards added to the haunting feeling of the sequence with a prayer.

"I wanted it to have some deeper meaning to it," he said. "They're kind of like angels descending into hell, so I wanted someone to be reading a prayer at the start."

Video: Godzilla's Halo jump

Godzilla will be available on digital HD download from October 13, and Blu-ray and DVD on October 27. »


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Lars von Trier to release Nymphomaniac director's cut in cinemas

16 September 2014 6:43 AM, PDT

Lars von Trier's five-and-a-half-hour-long director's cut of Nymphomaniac is set for a theatrical release.

The erotic epic was originally put out in two feature length volumes in everywhere but Denmark.

However, the complete version will now be shown in theatres across North America and a number of European countries from October 2.

Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Estonia will get the film in full, with more territories expected to follow.

The film tells the story of a young, self-diagnosed nymphomaniac and stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Stacy Martin, Shia Labeouf, Uma Thurman and Willem Dafoe in its ensemble cast.

Martin previously spoke to Digital Spy to discuss shooting the film's much-discussed sex scenes, her co-star Labeouf and the film's provocative ending.

Watch a trailer for Nymphomaniac below: »


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Leslie Mann to star opposite Ed Helms in Vacation remake

16 September 2014 3:59 AM, PDT

Leslie Mann has been cast in New Line Cinema's Vacation remake.

The actress will play Ed Helms's sister in John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein's reboot of the 1980s comedy series, reports The Wrap.

Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth and Charlie Day will also feature in the movie.

The original Nation Lampoon films starred Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold - a man taking his family on a disastrous road trip.

Helms will play his now grown-up son Rusty, who attempts to recreate the holidays he remembers as a child with his own family.

Applegate will play his wife, with Chase and Beverly D'Angelo set to return in cameos.

Mann was most recently seen in The Other Woman.

Watch Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton discuss The Other Woman with Digital Spy below: »


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Brie Larson and Ben Kingsley join Daniel Radcliffe in Brooklyn Bridge

16 September 2014 3:55 AM, PDT

Brie Larson and Ben Kingsley have been cast in Brooklyn Bridge.

They will join Daniel Radcliffe in Doug McGrath's period drama.

Radcliffe will star as Washington Roebling, a talented but inexperienced young engineer who is left in charge of the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge in the late 19th century after the death of his father (Kingsley).

His wife (Larson) is drawn into his obsession to realise his father's vision.

Larson will next be seen in The Gambler and Trainwreck.

Kingsley will appear in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

Brooklyn Bridge will begin shooting in Spring 2015. »


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Jason Schwartzman is cruel and miserable in Listen Up Philip trailer

16 September 2014 3:29 AM, PDT

Jason Schwartzman is a "cruel, miserable person" in the new Listen Up Philip trailer.

The Rushmore actor stars opposite Elisabeth Moss in Alex Ross Perry's comedy.

Schwartzman plays an up-and-coming author with an attitude problem.

Moss is his put upon girlfriend, with Jonathan Pryce taking on the role of his jaded literary mentor.

Breaking Bad's Krysten Ritter also features alongside Eric Bogosian, Jess Weixler and Dree Hemingway.

The film screened at the Sundance Film Festival.

Listen Up Philip will show at the London Film Festival on October 9, and receives a limited release in the Us on October 17. »


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Billy Bob Thornton in talks for Sandra Bullock's Our Brand Is Crisis

16 September 2014 3:15 AM, PDT

Billy Bob Thornton has entered talks for Our Brand Is Crisis.

He is in line to join Sandra Bullock in David Gordon Green's political comedy drama, reports The Wrap.

George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing the Warner Bros film, with Bullock executive producing.

Scoot McNairy will also star in the film, based on Rachel Boynton's 2005 documentary.

It concerns the American political campaign strategies used by President Clinton's former consultants James Carville and Stan Greenberg in Bolivia.

Bullock will play 'Calamity' Jane Bodine, a retired American political consultant with a penchant for quoting famous people. Thornton's potential role has not been revealed.

The actor was recently seen in The Judge and will feature in the upcoming Entourage movie. He has also starred in the Fargo television show.

Our Brand Is Crisis will begin filming later in September. »


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Ben Foster joins Chris Pine and Casey Affleck in The Finest Hours

16 September 2014 2:52 AM, PDT

Ben Foster has been cast in Disney's Coast Guard film The Finest Hours.

The Ain't Them Bodies Saints actor has joined the Craig Gillespie-directed movie, reports Variety.

Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Holliday Grainger will also star in the period piece.

The Finest Hours is based on the true story of a rescue attempt in 1952 after pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard.

Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson wrote the screenplay based on Casey Sherman and Michael J Tougias's 2010 book.

Foster was most recently seen in Lone Survivor and will appear in the upcoming Warcraft movie.

The Finest Hours is currently shooting in Massachusetts. »


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